Let food be thy medicine! Naturopathic dietary considerations

The naturopathic “plant-based” diet concept for acute physical imbalances:
“Let food be thy medicine” is still a valid statement, the less plaque forming (=inflammation promoting) macro-nutrients we eat, the less plaque will accumulate in the system.

A plant based, minimally processed, diet can even influence genetic expression, in essence down-regulate the expression of genes that could adversely affect vital organ function.

For the treatment of acute inflammation, with certain tissues or organs under stress, the more animal protein is replaced with plant protein, less stress is exerted on the kidneys and liver. Less refined sugar, or even better none, equals less stress on the pancreas. Therefore less metabolic waste products need to be moved through and out.

Less stress on the whole system allows for more energy to repair tissue on the cellular level.More oxygenation, less oxidation, more nutrient uptake, less nutrient deficiencies. Less stress on the body overall, less constriction and ensuing stagnation, less tension, will allow for more flow, more nutritional and oxygen saturation.

This has been demonstrate in studies from the medical perspective regarding cardiovascular irregularities as well.Cardiovascular, intestinal, metabolic, and nervous system imbalances benefit from a plant based approach. Additionally expressions through the skin can be improved by dietary changes.

Important is to eat whole plant based foods, not to strain the fiber etc out, but use them whole or pulped, except in rare cases. The food can be partially raw, but for most not completely, rather according to seasons and individual body type etc, the ideal percentage of raw to cooked will vary widely.

Food combination is important too, including separation of fruits and veggies in many cases, to support necessary detoxification processes to run optimally. The enzymatic action of whole fruits is a powerful cleansing aid.

For acute inflammation, grains could be eaten in smaller proportions, until the inflammation subsides. Natural plant based fats are part of the diet, and will feed the nervous system in particular.

Ideally a plant based detoxification and rebuild protocol will be customized and can last 3 to 6 months, other foods will be added incrementally.

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